Now, we adopted him from a pet store, so I'm sure he's only been on dry kibble. I've offered him fresh fruits and veggies, and he hasn't touched any of it, and I think he doesn't recognize it as food. He is eating the kibble, but hasn't touched his water! I'm afraid he's going to get dehydrated if he's not drinking or eating fresh veggies. He's still *very* skittish.
I also have a Boston Terrier, and I think his smell is keeping Fast Feet from coming out. My dog has been very good, he'll sit and stare at his cage, but hasn't shown any kind of aggression or "concern" about Fast Feet, so I'm not really worried. Every time I've had Fast Feet out, I've had Louie (the terrier) in another room. I plan on keeping them separated.
How long should I expect it to take for Fast Feet to become used to his new home, considering that there's dog smell *everywhere*? Should I be concerned about his lack of water? Thanks a lot!
- Contributor in 2014
It is normal for guinea pigs to hide and be skittish when they are new to their environment. However, there are some things that you should be on the look out for. Since pet stores often sell sick guinea pigs keep an eye out for these signs of illness:
Many times it takes a while for them to eat their veggies when they are not used to getting them. Keep trying different things to interest him. Are you sure he's not drinking when you are out of the room? Are you giving him hay?
I'm pretty sure he's not drinking. I've been changing his water every few hours, and there's never been any gone. I'm using the same kind of water bottle that they used in the pet store, I think he's just scared to come out and drink, though he *has* come out to eat.
Here are some pictures of him, he's super cute!
We worked on her "skittish" side by never chasing her around the cage. We spent the first 2 weeks, just sitting, talking, feeding, drapping hands into cage. Letting her come out and investigate us.. As soon as we were able to move our hand around her & she didn't run for cover, we started picking her up.
We are now on piggie # 4. This has worked on all of them. Some take longer than others.. we have one now that is 4 months, she still gets spooked really easy.
Happy piggy days!
Defintely think the hay is a plus, maybe Orchard Grass if it's available. It's a softer grass hay usually, and my piggies tend to eat it more than the alfalfa and timothy hay we give them.
Also, try Green Peppers for vitamin C, and Cucumber is a great source of liquid for him. Also, you may want to try taking one baby carrot, and dicing it up really small, and putting it in his kibble bowel. I recommend doing this overnight as my piggies like to drink and eat a lot over night when they are under cover of darkness.
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The only pellets recommended on here for folks in the US are Kleenmama and Oxbow -- nothing with seeds, colored bits, etc. Nothing with dairy, they're lactose intolerant.
You probably can find good hay in Kansas -- you want horse quality hay, not cow quality. It will be much, much cheaper if you can find a local source. If not, order it from Kleenmama or Sweet Meadow -- even with shipping, it will be far cheaper than buying small packages in a pet store, and the quality will be much better.
Just for your information, this board, and Guinea Pig Cages, are both strongly pro-rescue and pro-adoption, and strongly anti-breeding and anti-pet store purchase. You didn't adopt your pig from a pet store, unless they gave it to you. If you paid for it, you bought it.
Pet store pigs are often ill, frequently missexed, and are bred and kept in atrocious conditions. Please do not support that industry by buying a guinea pig from a pet store -- there are thousands of guinea pigs in rescues and shelters that need good homes.
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A vet check up would be a good idea for the reasons bppatters suggested.
Yes, you should get fresh grass hay asap for him. Oxbow is a good retail brand. If you have a feed store near you, you can probably find fresh hay too.
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I'd strongly recommend ordering hay from KleenMama's Hayloft. Linda (KM) is a GL-er and has wonderful, green timothy and bluegrass. A significant number of us order from her. The shipping expense will seem high, but if you compare the cost to use her product vs. what you might buy in a store, it really is a better value. More importantly, the pigs all love it. I'm sorry the pet store didn't clue you in. Guinea pigs need the fiber to wear down their teeth or they become overgrown, resulting in dental issues. Those can create motility/gut problems or result in inability to eat and can lead to all sorts of medical problems. Always allow your pig to have an unlimited amount of hay. Pellets, on the other hand, should be limited. Watch the veggies - too many of them can lead to loose stools. If you're concerned about water intake, you can rinse the veggies before serving them so that they're still wet.
- Contributor in 2014
Fast Feet is very cute! You will learn how to give him a good life and keep him healthy with the info on this site. Many pet stores give poor care info. I wouldn't take out the pellets altogether though. They have nutrients that guinea pigs need. Some people who have pigs with health issues such as bladder stones take them out for that reason, but they need to supplement with vitamins to compensate. As long as your pig is healthy it is better to give the pellets, but be sure that they are a quality brand.